2020 Specialist Disability Accommodation National Seminars  



 Sydney 18th Mar 2020     |   Bris 20th Mar 2020  |     Mel 31st Mar 2020 



Hobart 2 Apr 2020  |    Adelaide 12 May 2020   |    Canberra 15th May 2020  |    Cairns 28th May 2020 

To book a table of 7 email events@jazcorpaustralia.com.au . Tables of 7 offer a 10% discount.   


About the Seminar 

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), soon to be spending more than $20,000 Million per annum on disability services for over 460,000 people across Australia, is creating huge opportunities (and challenges) for housing development. 

This includes but extends beyond the development of an additional 14,000 places of Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) that is being commercially and recurrently funded by the NDIS.

Seminar attendees will be introduced and provided with the knowledge on how to successfully specialist disability accommodation for People with a Disability to assist them to allow them to be a part of society as a whole.

Who should attend? 

  • Architects

  • Building Surveyors

  • Investors

  • Investment advisors

  • Developers

  • Supported Independent Living Providers

  • Builders

  • Law firms

  • Design Managers 

Space is  limited.......don't delay and book today  .

CPD Certificates of Attendance provided for Building Professionals 

What is SDA? 

On 28th October 2019, Minister for the NDIS, Stuart Robert, released the Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) Design Standard - landmark guidelines that will spur a new era of housing construction and enhancement for Australians with disability. The SDA Design Standard will guide architects, builders and the community as they look for new and better ways to build specialist housing for people with disability.

These guidelines, released together with the SDA Innovation Plan and the Limited Cost Assumptions Review, put participants at the centre of the design approach. They will make it easier for eligible participants to access high quality specialist disability housing, while also providing much-needed certainty to the market. 

When the SDA market reaches full coverage the NDIS is expected to assist 28,000 Australians with disability through SDA - representing 6.1 per cent of NDIS participants. It is anticipated the total annual payments for SDA is expected to be approximately $700m per year.



About the SDA Design Standard


The Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) Design Standard that Bruce Bromley was a co-author of provides:

  • clarity to SDA housing design requirements to be enrolled

  • and gives providers the flexibility to respond to participant needs and preferences. 

It sets out detailed design requirements that will be incorporated into newly built SDA, seeking enrolment under the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

This standard has four categories of SDA design which are set out in the SDA Rules:

  • Improved Liveability 

  • Robust

  • Fully Accessible

  • High Physical Support

Improved clarity of design requirements will add to provider confidence and surety of compliance. Ultimately, this will strengthen the SDA market. 

Why attend?


The SDA Design Standard will:

  • lead the way that architects, builders and the community view how housing for people with a disability should be built

  • ensure participants continue to have access to high-quality housing models

  • give providers the flexibility to respond to participant needs and preferences.

The NDIA is determined to see this growing market build. It wants investors, developers and existing providers to grow their confidence in SDA.


Joseph Connellan

  • NDIS Housing Landscape

  • Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA)  Overview and Roles

  • SDA Price and Payment 

  • SDA Current State of Play and Trends  

  • SDA Reviews and the Innovation Plan

  • SDA Demand

  • Key SDA players

  • Collaboration with Supported Independent Living (SIL) providers


Bruce Bromley

  • Understanding the SDA Categories

  • Understanding building types & classifications

  • SDA categories and Building Code of Australia

  • Site selection

  • Site density

  • Participants per residence

  • Minimum features required to achieve SDA certification

  • Steps to achieve certification

  • Is town planning or a development application required?

  • Building certification

  • Fire safety

  • Home automation & Power backup

  • Building conversions to SDA


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As one of the co-authors of the new NDIS specialist disability accommodation design standards and accredited disability access and egress consultant (ACAA #MN187) Bruce is well placed to present the technically complex provision of SDA in an easy to understand seminar presentation.

Bruce is the founder and Managing Director of the Equal Access Group of companies and has extensive experience in the development of universally accessible built environments including retail, hospitality, public transport, healthcare, education, aged care, residential, industrial as well as external environments. 


Co-Author SDA Design

Standards &

Managing Director

Equal Access Consultants

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Joseph Connellan who has 30 years' experience in developing and delivering improved services, especially in housing and disability services. He has been CEO for a number of not for profit organisations including Supported Housing Limited, the then-largest NonGovernment disability housing company in Australia. 
For the last 10 years, Joseph has been advising Government and Non-Government agencies around Australia through his consultancy firm, MC Two Pty Ltd., on housing, disability services, health and not for profit governance.



MC Two Pty Ltd